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The Fair Isle Yoke Sweater or Cardigan


Price includes 10 hours of class; an $86 kit fee will be added at check out.

With Janine Bajus

Sept 11, 2:00-4:00pm CDT;
Sept 12, 2:00-4:00pm CDT;
Sept 18, 2:00-4:00pm CDT;
Sept 19, 10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-4:00pm CDT

The Fair Isle yoke sweater is a class for good reason! Learn how to design your own seamless yoke sweater or cardigan — one that fits and flatters YOU.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Design your own seamless Fair Isle yoke sweater or cardigan in this 10-hour foundational class. Janine will walk you through the process of creating this classic as you work with your choice of colorway and several traditional Fair Isle band motifs to design a unique sweater.

First we’ll explore how color is used in Fair Isle design; then it’s time for you to speed swatch for color. Next comes swatching the motifs. As Janine discusses arranging bands and designing the smaller motifs, you will build your personal design, step-by-step.

You will then turn your design into a pattern you will follow as you knit your sweater. We’ll learn how to take the measurements, determine ease, calculate stitch counts, center motifs, and place short rows and yoke decreases.

The techniques you need to knit a Fair Isle yoke sweater or cardigan will be covered: steeking, shaping with short rows, adding bands, and placing buttonholes.

By the end of the class, you will be well-grounded in the theory and practice of designing a Fair Isle yoke sweater or cardigan, you will have swatched your colors and motifs, and you will be ready to knit your own Fair Isle yoke sweater!

Please note:  Although there will be plenty of new material, this class includes material that is also covered in Janine’s Fair Isle Tam and Vest classes.

A kit is required for this class; the $86 kit fee will be added to your order.
The kit will include 12 balls of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift yarn (100% Shetland wool; 25g/115 yds per ball). After you have made your design decisions, you will need to purchase more yarn for the sweater body.
There are a limited supply of the colorways below.
Please email 
stitches.[email protected]  with your top three color choices.

Autumn: A walk through the moody heathery golds and greens of an autumn moor.
Beachcombing: The Pacific ocean in winter: water and spume, wet and dry sand, seaweed, glistening mussel shells, and the remains of a small crustacean.
Copenhagen: Golds and grayed blues.
Earth & Sky: Classic blues and browns reflect the expansive midwestern sky above newly ploughed fields
Fall Leaves: A clear blue sky sets off the crimson, orange, purple, gold, and green of fall leaves
Fresco: A faded wall painting inspired this collection of muted greens, blues, and golds.
Meadow: Red-violets glow against bright yellow-greens.
Mixed Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries—a fairly dark collection of pinks, purples, and blue-violets.
Renaissance: A range of corals and aquas plus neutrals inspired by Botticelli paintings.
Seashore: Turquoises and yellow-oranges evoke a Hawaiian beach.

Note: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States; however, international students may contact stitches.[email protected] for options.

Supply list for class:
• US 3 (3.25mm) 24–32″ circular needles for swatching; it is useful to have a selection of US 2–4 (2.75–3.5mm) to try
• Sharpened pencil (black)
• Eraser
• Glue stick or scotch tape (optional)
• Paper scissors (optional)
• Hole punch (optional)
• Knitting Basics: Notebook, Pen or pencil, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes

Additional information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Eye-opening class

Incredible, truly incredible. I feel so empowered coming from this class, learning about pattern creation, shaping, and design on top of the expected Fair Isle elements like motifs and yoke assembly.

Mariet N.
10 hours well spend

I liked the class a lot specially the swatching. The pace was great, the hand out was good and I loved that we could see her sweaters.
10 hours well spend
Wished that we could see the recording a little longer because specially with the calculations it’s a lot to soak up and I would watch them a few times more.

Patricia S.
Great Learning Experience

I thought I was a pretty good knitter until I took Janine's courses, first the Fair Isle Tam and now the yoked sweater. I was amazed at what I didn't know, specifically about the use of colour but also about knitting in general. The (surprisingly) elegant spit-splice and its cousin the Russian splice have joined my basic knitting tools. I have learned about hand dominance in two-colour knitting and the supreme importance of swatching. I am not nearly as casual about gauge as I used to be, and I now feel empowered to try designing a sweater from basic principles - something I never would have attempted before. Janine is an excellent teacher. She is both knowledgeable and empathetic. Her pacing of the lesson is just right - no one is left behind and no one looses interest. She is responsive to the class members and respectful of their questions. This was an excellent learning experience.

Fair Isle Yoke Sweater

I have now taken three classes offered by Janine Bajus on Stitches at Home. The fair isle yoke sweater class was the best, perhaps because it was my third and I got more from it with some accumulated knowledge. The three taken as a whole have immensely stepped up my knowledge of color theory and fair isle patterns. Janine conveys her love of color knitting and her best tips on how to make each project better. Wish I could take her live class at Stitches West but I am on the other side of the country. Come east, Janine!